Security conditions in south Syria continue to deteriorate as targeted killings, extortion and the looming threat of a regime escalation prompt serious fears among the province’s vulnerable residents. A series of attacks targeting the former opposition in recent weeks—including the assassinations of multiple fighters from Ahmad al-Awdeh’s 8th Brigade has prompted the brigade to turn yet further inwards, urging its members to limit their movements and exercise extreme caution. While assassinations continue, the regime has begun reinforcing its positions around a half-dozen communities in Daraa amid reports that it will soon launch limited incursions to search for wanted individuals in these communities. Ongoing talks between former opposition groups and the regime in western Daraa stalled as the regime threatens communities with military escalation.
Attached Map: Recent Developments in South Syria – 2 August 2022